Awards Program

NCGE recognizes educators and advocates who have made outstanding contributions to geography education. Awards are given for teaching, research, and service. Award nomination materials are submitted online. Winners are announced over the summer and recipients are recognized at a special ceremony during NCGE’s annual conference.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding 2020 NCGE award winning educators!

George J Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geographic Education Janet Stuhrenberg Smith, Shippensburg University
K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award  Sergio Z. de Alba, R. M. Miano Elementary 
Naomi Mayer, Hooker Public Schools 
Christina Marsett, William Penn High School 
Benjamin Lewis, Brenham Middle School
Josh Williams, Westwood High School 
Jessica Rose Pittman, Clear Lake High School 
Celeste Reynolds, Mashpee Middle High School 
Outstanding Support for Geography Education Award Kurt Butefish, Tennessee Geographic Alliance
Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award Carmen P. Brysch, Texas A&M University
Solange Muñoz, University of Tennessee
Thomas Barclay Larsen, University of Northern Iowa  
AP Human Geography Distinguished Teaching Award Amanda Killough, Flower Mound High School
William Deardoff, Bennington Public Schools
Cristi Kemp, York Comprehensive High School

Click below to watch the 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Awards Nominations

The NCGE 2021 Awards Nomination period is open until October 1, 2021. All nominations must be submitted by this date for consideration.

Service and Teaching Awards

Nominees and Nominators must be NCGE members at the time of application. NCGE will only accept one nominee per nominator in any award category. NCGE reserves the right to not make an award in any given year. There may be more than one winner in any category. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Previous award winners are ineligible.

George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geographic Education

The Council’s highest award, for distinguished service in geographic education. Nominations are made to the Miller Award committee by contacting the current NCGE president.

Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Awards

Recognizes excellence in higher education geography teaching.

AP Human Geography Distinguished Teaching Award

Recognizes excellence in geography teaching for the AP Human Geography course.

Outstanding Support for Geography Education Award

Honors individuals who work outside of the formal classroom, but have made outstanding contributions to support geography education.

Brunn Innovations in Geography Award

Recognizes outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teachers who have demonstrated great creativity, originality, and innovation in their teaching of geography.

K-12 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Recognizes excellence in geography teaching at the primary and secondary levels.

Research Grant Awards

Applicants must be NCGE members at the time of application. NCGE reserves the right not to make an award in any given year. Applicants should following the application directions provided.

E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Grants for Research in Geographic Education

To advance the frontiers of geographic education by supporting and promoting innovative research in theory, practice, and application. Submissions are made to the Miller Grants committee.

Salvatore J. Natoli
Dissertation Award

Encourages dissertation research in geography teaching and learning. Submissions are made to the Natoli Grants committee.